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The Seven Canonical Prayer on MP3s

The Seven Canonical Prayer on MP3s


This MP3 is produced by St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Washington, DC. Chanted by Deacon Daniel-El Bogdadi in English.

The Agpeya (Coptic: Ϯⲁϫⲡⲓⲁ, Arabic: أجبية‎) is the Coptic Christian "Prayer Book of the Hours" or breviary, and is equivalent to the Shehimo in the Indian Orthodox Church (another Oriental Orthodox Christian denomination). The Agpeya prayers are popular Christian prayers recited at fixed prayer times, facing the east by both individuals and families at home seven times a day, as well as for communal prayers as an introduction to Liturgy at church; this Christian practice has its roots in Psalm 119:164, in which the prophet David prays to God seven times a day.  The vast majority of the Coptic Christians learn the recitation and prayers of the Agpeya at an early age as children at home from their families. The Coptic Orthodox cycle of canonical hours is primarily composed of psalm readings from the Old Testament and gospel readings from the New Testament, with some added hymns of praise, troparia (known as "قطع" in the contemporary Arabic Agpeya and as "preces" or "litanies" in English), and other prayers.

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